Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

5 militants, IAF Garud killed, jawan injured in north Kashmir encounter

5 militants, IAF Garud killed, jawan injured in north Kashmir encounter

In a sudden escalation of violence across Kashmir Valley on Saturday, the banned Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) outfit received a major jolt as security forces shot dead six of its terrorists in a meticulous operation while losing an Indian Air Force (IAF) commando.

The security forces had specific input on presence of LeT terrorists in the area.

The encounter between the security forces and militants is underway, Kalia said.

"While fighting the militants, one IAF guard was killed and an army trooper injured", Col Rajesh Kalia, Indian army spokesperson told Xinhua.

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Owaid is son of Zakir Rehman Maki and nephew of Zakir Rehman Lakhvi.

The Garud Commando Force is the special forces unit of the IAF. Total of 6 LeT terrorists eliminated. "Weapons and ammunition recovered". He said the slain militants were from Pakistan. An Indian Air Force Garud commando was also killed and another army soldier was injured in the gunfight.

On Friday a militant and a police officer were killed in the outskirts of the main city of Srinagar during a brief shootout. "Mehmood took over when Musaib (another close relative of Lakhvi) was killed by the forces in Hajin in January", he said. Owaid is the third man from the Lakhvi family to be killed in Kashmir. The Lashkar leadership has been killed in southern districts of Kashmir where its commanders and key militants including Junaid Matto, Abu Ismail and Arif Lelhari fell a year ago.

Apart from featuring in the National Investigating Agency (NIA)'s most wanted list, Lakhvi is also among the 3 globally prosecuted terrorists named by India and the European Union in their joint statement to combat terrorism.

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